On the Autism Warpath

When her son received an autism diagnosis, actress Jenny McCarthy went into 'warrior mode' to save her child--and other kids.

Sex symbol, comedic actress, best-selling author--Jenny McCarthy was a multi-hyphenate before the term came into vogue. From her stint as a Playboy Playmate to hosting MTV’s "Singled Out," to appearing in films like "Scream 3" and the newly released comedy "Witless Protection," McCarthy is an expert at doing anything for a laugh. But her life changed radically when her son Evan was diagnosed with autism just as McCarthy was launching the press tour for her second book, "Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood." While promoting the book nationwide, McCarthy waged a fierce battle at home to pull Evan out of autism, a complex developmental disability affecting one out of 150 children. She chronicles her struggles in her latest book, "Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism," and spoke with Beliefnet on dealing with guilt, having faith in recovery, and praying for her son to do "what typical kids do when they're older...go out with his friends and make out with his girlfriend."

Listen to Jenny McCarthy:

Warrior Mother Deals with Guilt
Stepping Away from Autism
How to Fight Autism
Trust the Path that You're On
Why Faith Is Everything
Moms, Take Back Your Power


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